May 27, 2015
Schneider Electric this week launched Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize, an additional software module available within its Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite StruxureWare for Data Centers. The company says the new capability adds intelligence to existing data centre cooling systems, enabling significant energy reduction and cost of operations, as well as reduced risk of cooling incidents.
“Most data centre cooling systems are specified to ensure that the hottest racks in the facility have a sufficient cold air supply,” said Soeren Brogaard Jensen, vice president, enterprise software and managed services, Schneider Electric.
“This results in a large amount of energy being wasted as the entire facility is over-cooled to provide this legacy design capacity,”. “For the managers of these data centres, it is impossible to consider how to reduce the amount of cooling without introducing risk of thermal shutdowns because they lack the information to do so safely.”
Once deployed, Cooling Optimize enables operators to monitor the real-time status of data centre health and determine the impact of any cooling event. This also enables situations such as overheating, hotspots and capacity issues to be predicted and avoided, the company said.
By continuously analyzing use, future capacity requirements can be planned for, and stranded cooling capacity eliminated, it added.